The only thing between you and your dreams is ENERGY.

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Yesterday I turned 34. Being in my thirties is very interesting because it is a time in which our society believes that you should have your life together. If you don’t have your life together, you are a failure. If you have not achieved your dream you might as well give up and get a “real job.” If you are doing what you want by this age, then good for you. That is the overall energy I felt once I hit my early thirties. 

Well, I have created a small business with my wife and sold the client list. We are now traveling full-time in a RV. These are two dreams that have come to fruition in my early thirties. I feel good about this, but I am failing still as an artist. This is hard for me, because becoming a successful artist is my ultimate goal. 

Performing in front of thousands of people, starting my own clothing line, writing a best selling novel, making movies – the list goes on. It all sounds crazy and perhaps impossible, but these are my dreams as an artist and entrepreneur. Big dreams take time and I am willing to be patient. 

My life is so different now. My wife and I travel around the United States, typically staying in one place for a month at a time. We both teach English online which is what allows us to keep traveling. We all also do workshops at yoga studios and I do readings over the phone. It is taking longer than I anticipated in regards to growing our new business. Luckily we can both teach English online. I love it because I get to meet people from all over the world, help them with their English and learn new things about their culture.

I’ve always known that I was a late bloomer. It is why I am not afraid of getting older. I know I will achieve all my dreams. The key for me is letting go of the societal expectations that create that feeling of failure. Aside from that the big component is staying persistent; practicing music, writing, making films, etc. 

Anytime I go to pursue a bigger goal I am always met with doubt, but I can always rely on my growing confidence and self belief. Every wall I break through, I use that strength I gained to battle through the next wall. The only thing between myself and my dreams is energy. I know how to move energy. I have and will continue to move it out of my way. Dreams are possible. We have seen many people live their dreams. If you believe dreams are impossible, that is where you are stuck. That will greatly limit you. Dreams are beautiful because it is a time in which you can shine. Dreams allow the spirit to be engaged. 

Where are you in your life? What is your next step to reeling in your dream? #makeithappen

-Andrew

10/5/18 | NM

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What picture would you paint?

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It has almost been a month and a half since we have been in New Jersey and I must say I am ready to move on. I think two weeks is my ideal time to stay in one place, but a month is the max for me. What can I say, I like to keep moving. For example, I worked a seasonal job in Colorado and it was amazing. The place and the people were great, but by the time we left, I was ready to move on. 

We have a few more things lined up here in NJ such as another Cape May visit, Stone Harbor and more yoga videos to shoot. After that we hit the road. To be honest I am excited to get out west. I have always been drawn towards it and really like the energy. I also like warm weather.

This experience has been great so far, but it is also very bizarre. I can feel everyones energy. When are you going to settle down? When are you going to get “real jobs?” When are you going to buy a house? When are you going to have children? I feel the demands and expectations for someone who is married and in their early 30’s. 

I would be deeply sad if I did not see the world. You see I’m not afraid of the world. I think it is incredible. I like the idea of exploring others cultures because I have an affinity for new experiences, but also to really see what a place is like. Sometimes I think the television paints fear over certain countries, cultures and groups of people and I just don’t buy it. 

I’m going to travel this world; one state a time, one country at a time, one continent at at time. I’m going to document it through writing, film and music. I don’t care if it takes my entire life.

Life to me is not what my parents say it is. It’s not what the church says, nor is it what my teachers have told me. It is not written in a book. My friends all over the country don’t have the answer. I hold the paint brush, I paint the pictures. This is my life. 

My words may be disappointing, but also may be inspiring. I have to ask though, do you have control of your paint brush? What colors would you paint with? What picture would you paint? What would your life look like?

Find Your Freedom,
Andrew

6.11.18 | NJ

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the Artist: a Loser until Success

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When you are a young artist, people adore you. Maybe you play guitar, sing, make jokes or paint. People think it’s cool. But something happens as you get older. If you haven’t landed a record deal, wrote a best seller or acted in a major film – suddenly, you become a loser. You are just a nobody most likely working a low paying job. Prestige does not exude from your body. But if you make it as an artist early on, people love you. People are proud of you. What about the adults who are still trying to make it? Where is the love?

I remember a conversation I had with my ex girlfriends mother a long time ago. I was talking about what I wanted to major in for college. I wanted to be a writer. No not a writer or editor for a newspaper. I wanted to be a screenwriter and novelist. Disbelief filled up the room like a skunk spraying in self defense. She didn’t need to say anything. Her face spoke volumes. She did not believe in my path. I would come to realize that many others would not believe in my path. It is not safe nor it is smart. People don’t make it as Artists. Only the privileged and lucky get to do that. Sure, being privileged and lucky are probably reasons why some make it. I was not lucky nor was I privileged, but what I have is persistence. No matter how many times I fall down, I will eventually get back up and go for it again. 

A man with big dreams is not an ideal husband. The ideal husband is someone who can find a job, keep it for thirty years and make enough for the family to live comfortably. Dreams of being a rock star, an actor, a writer or an entrepreneur – go ahead and bury them and get serious. Everyone else has to do it, so do you! Over and over I often hear, “That’s just the way it is…” Sure, maybe that is the way for most people, but most people I know are not chasing their dreams. They choose to fit in and play it safe. For me I feel most safe in taking risks. Risks are stepping stones to dreams. Everyone experiences fear. It is just a matter of saying fuck it and going for it. 

I’ve had a little bit of success as a business owner, but not as an artist. I guess I am just a loser. It’s a silly thing to think of and a silly thing to write, but I am okay with it. I’m okay that nobody knows my name or that most do not believe in my dreams. I’m okay with it because I know it will change. I know that because I am determined. I’m determined to make the impossible possible. Luckily I have a wife that supports my dreams. She was programmed to marry a farmer. I am far from it. I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I’m not a fan of manual labor, I’m no longer into sports and I don’t drink beer. I write poetry, I make videos and I build businesses. I’m smart, I’m creative and I’m a risk taker. I know my worth, but if I’m a loser in the eye of the world, then so be it. I’ll wait until I cross the finish line.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

5.10.18

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